Doing our best for hedonistic utilitarianism: Reply to critics

Peter Singer, Katarzyna De Lazari-Radek

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In this response to the essays by Crisp, Parfit, Hooker and Nakano-Okuno on our The Point of View of the Universe, we focus on the following topics: whether egoism is more susceptible to an evolutionary debunking argument than universal benevolence; our defence of impartial ra-tionalism; wide and narrow definitions of "ethics"; the role of moral rules; the extension of eth-ics to all sentient beings; how best to define and understand pleasure as an intrinsic value; and whether Ross's ethic of prima facie duties is as defensible as utilitarianism.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)187-207
Number of pages21
JournalEtica e Politica
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2016

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Philosophy
  • Sociology and Political Science


  • Animals
  • Crisp
  • Egoism
  • Ethics
  • Hooker
  • Impartial rationalism
  • Nakano-okuno
  • Parfit
  • Pleasure
  • Ross
  • Rules
  • Sidgwick
  • Universal benevolence
  • Utilitari-anism


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